Bur­glar stran­gled woman in her home

Attack in bed­room left vic­tim un­con­scious

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Police Chief - By Ly­dia Chantler-hicks lchantler­hicks@thek­m­group.co.uk @ly­di­akm_

A bur­glar who stran­gled a woman into un­con­scious­ness to pre­vent her from rais­ing the alarm after she found him lay­ing on her bed has been jailed for six years.

The attack, which left the vic­tim and her fam­ily “ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied”, took place in the High Street, Bridge, last June.

Fin­bar Shirley, 24, of Meadow Close in the vil­lage, had climbed in through an open win­dow.

He went into the bed­room, re­moved his shoes and sat down on the bed.

But when his vic­tim went up­stairs to use the bath­room in the early hours, she spot­ted his legs hang­ing off the end of her bed.

Shirley then stran­gled her, “with­out hes­i­ta­tion” un­til she passed out.

It was only when the vic­tim’s hus­band came up­stairs and saw her ly­ing on the floor that Shirley calmly walked down the stairs and out of the house.

He was ar­rested on the same day of the attack, Sun­day, June 4, after police were called. Shirley told police he liked to see how other peo­ple lived.

He ap­peared on Fri­day be­fore Can­ter­bury Crown Court where he ad­mit­ted bur­glarly and as­sault charges.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Steve Day said: “This is a par­tic­u­larly dis­turb­ing case that left the vic­tim and her fam­ily ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied.

“Shirley had taken an un­healthy in­ter­est in the house and then calmly at­tacked the woman with­out hes­i­ta­tion when he thought he would get caught.

“Luck­ily her hus­band found her in time, other­wise the out­come could have been a lot worse.

“Shirley is clearly a sig­nif­i­cant risk to the pub­lic, and the vic­tim and her fam­ily will no doubt suf­fer the emo­tional ef­fects of his attack for some time. He’ll now serve time in prison for his be­hav­iour.”

Fin­bar Shirley climbed through an open win­dow

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